After the mid-week monsoons, it was a hot, damp and humid day at Seoul Race Park. The rain held off, however, and there was plenty of action on the track to keep punters entertained. And some of them got very rich indeed.
The day started with one of the biggest surprises in recent times at the track. It wasn’t just that filly Magic Choice [Yankee Victor – Redeemed (Red Ransom)], a non-winner in eleven starts and rated a 134/1 chance in the betting, won the race; it was that she won it by ten lengths.
These things happen from time to time – if they didn’t, there wouldn’t be much point in betting on racing. However, after Magic Choice in race 1 was quickly followed by 55/1 shot Finezif [Mujaazif – Fine Stone (Sober Star)] taking race 2, some punters must have been wondering whether to bother with the form any more.
Indeed, there wasn’t a single odds-on winner all day although things settled down a little bit as the afternoon wore on. There was a welcome return to the track for three-year old filly Gate Shine [Capital Spending – Rich Emotions (Rizzi)]. Winning her first two races as a two-year old, she finished runner-up to champion juvenile Magic Party in early December before picking up an injury that had kept her off the track ever since. She returned today in race 7 and looked very sharp as she scored a comfortable length’s victory. She’ll be an interesting potential addition to some big races later in the season.
As there was no class 1 action, a pair of class 2 races – one for domestically bred horses and one for foreign bred – acted as co-features. In the first of them, Moon Se Young guided filly Tango Step [Jump Start – Jewell Dare (Woodman)] to a last gasp victory of Sports Chosun Cup runner-up Tamnaseontaek. One race later, US filly Silent Dashing [Van Nistelrooy – Raised Silently (Raised Socially)] took the honours ahead of 90/1 outsider Hwanhuiui Hamseong (Westbridge). The four-year old has only been out of the money once in her nine starts and this was her third win.
Racing returns to Seoul on Sunday with Derby winner Gwangyajeil being the main draw. There’s also a card at Busan. However, with the monsoon set to return any moment now, it’s likely to be a very wet day at both tracks.
Sunday July 3
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:10 to 18:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:30 to 17:00